Appeal for help with Tendring's popular open spaces

Friday, 17 February, 2017

An appeal is being made for volunteers to help keep some of Tendring’s popular open spaces and gardens looking their best.

There are a host of sites maintained by Tendring District Council (TDC) and some locations have nationally recognised prestigious Green Flags.

One of the criteria under the scheme is a community involvement and the search is on for green-fingered volunteers to play their part this season.

The Council has already co-opted a number of residents at various sites - but it needs more.

The current Green Flag sites are Clacton Seafront and Gardens; Crescent Gardens in Frinton, Weeley Crematorium and Cliff Park at Dovercourt.

Michael Talbot, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said it is important for the Council to be able to show public engagement at the sites if they are to retain their accolades again this year.

"Anyone coming forward will be working alongside our own Open Space Rangers on the vital upkeep of these prominent areas," he added.

"It may also involve providing support at events, bird watching, tree and bulb planting, or litter picking. There are a whole variety of tasks to get involved with.

"These open spaces are enjoyed by a large number of residents – as well as thousands of visitors and they are a major part of what we offer the community."

The Council’s Open Space Rangers will continue to do the majority of the work but volunteers will provide support.

Clacton’s stunning seafront gardens pull in thousands of visitors to the town every summer and are one of its major attractions. They also give many hours of pleasure to residents who make the most of the area throughout the various seasons.

Various schools and Community Payback already help at some sites as well as Frinton in Bloom at Crescent Gardens and the Harwich Society at Cliff Park.

Anyone interested in volunteering should email call 01255 686677 or email openspaceenquiries@tendringdc.gov.uk

Last updated on: 17/02/2017 - 10:36